The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 5,950 Ratings


In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller (February 2018)
A People “Book of the Week”
Buzzfeed’s “Most Anticipated Women’s Fiction Reads of 2018”
Seattle Times’s “Books to Look Forward to in 2018”

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.


  • Fantastic

    By KenKenKay
    The storyline is heartbreaking and riveting. Loved every word of this book. Bonds of a mother and daughter are priceless.
  • Finally Read it! Why did I wait? A must read!

    By Shannie 78
    There are no words to put how this book changed me as a person. This is the third Kristin Hannah book I have read. I have loved all 3, but The Great Alone had me closing the book as a different person. Or at least changed how I viewed things.
  • Cried for these people

    By Zaqw987
    Best book I’ve read in a long time. I’ll read More by this author!
  • Great Alone

    By YayaNetski
    Loved it. Great setting, plot and characters.
  • Great read!

    By Dmichi
    Loved this one! Took me a minute to get into but once I did I had a hard time putting down.
  • Alaska or Bust!

    By Can't be beat Katy
    It makes me want to move to Alaska for the Summer, but it was an awesome story of love and loss and had plenty of twists and turns. I’d highly recommend it!
  • The Great Alone

    By The Blind Gamer
    Such a great story— would totally recommend I like how the father was finally able t o settle down in Alaska after going from place to place for all those years after returning from the war.
  • Not fully satisfying

    By Kimberly DC
    The descriptions of the landscape were beautiful, but the character development left much to de desired.
  • First book I’ve read start to finish in YEARS

    By Capochick
    Beautifully written and leaves you thinking each time you have to put it down. Starts of fast and keeps you hooked throughout. My first read in such a long time, so glad this was recommended to me.
  • 😭

    By Pdawg3333
    I loved this. Be ready to cry, though.